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April 3, 2018

Towards the end of March, on a Friday, deputies with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office received a call alerting them to a possible crash at an intersection along the Palm Coast Parkway in Palm Coast.  According to the caller, they and another witness had observed a brown Volkswagen Jetta driving erratically, and when the car passed through the intersection of Palm Coast Parkway and Cypress Point Parkway it had collided with another vehicle.

The two witnesses then followed the Jetta until it stopped.  Waiting a safe distance away, they were able to give the police the precise location of the car.

When the deputies reached the area, they found the brown Jetta as indicated.  Noticing that the car did indeed have front end damage, the deputies initiated a traffic stop.  The driver of the Jetta pulled their car over and, according to the report from the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office, exited the vehicle.  The deputies indicated that the woman, identified as a 31-year-old Palm Coast resident, was unable to stand up for any extended period of time, so the majority of the interaction between her and the officers took place while she was seated on a nearby curb.

Deputies reported that a smell both fruity and alcoholic was coming off of her, and she confirmed this by telling the officers that she had consumed several beverages of vodka and Red Bull.  At some point, one of the officers looked into the car and saw that, in a car seat, a toddler was patiently waiting for the drive to resume.  Neither the woman, the child, or anyone in the car they hit at the intersection were injured, a fact with the Flagler County deputies consider something of miracle given the woman’s condition.

In the final analysis, it was discovered that the BAC of the Jetta’s driver was 0.234.  At almost three times the legal BAC limit, this much alcohol left the driver dangerously impaired, and that she subsequently climbed into a car with her child in the passenger seat is a fact that can only be met with dismay and alarm.

The report did not indicate if the incident is still under investigation, nor did it state what charges will be leveled at the Jetta’s driver.

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